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CONCRETE PLAYGROUND: Budding architect from St Albans receives national recognition for design

 Published on: 9th July 2021   |   By: Holly Bullen   |   Category: Uncategorized

A student from St Albans has received national recognition for his ‘Concrete Playground’ design which will be included in an international design journal.

Jonah Howley, an apprentice at Saunders and first year architecture student, will have his worked feature in the Dezeen journal after it was picked for an end of year show at London Southbank University (LSBU).

When challenged to design a celebratory space for a community coming out of lockdown, Jonah chose an area in Lambeth, South London that had been hard hit by business and leisure closures.

Local residents had been unable to enjoy the South Bank studios, nearby Borough Market and The Cut, so Jonah designed a ‘Concrete Playground’ that was in keeping with the local style but offered an urban place ‘to play’ allowing for learning, socialising and experimentation for children and adults alike.

Jonah said he was honoured to receive this recognition whilst he is still studying at university and is in the beginning stages of his career.

“Having my work highlighted is such a positive start to the early stages of my career. I’ve put a lot of effort into getting ahead, including many late nights researching and learning, and it’s great to be recognised for this. I have to thank my mentors and the support that I get from Saunders.

“They have really had a huge impact on me and my training, teaching me what I need to know at this point of my career.”

Jonah will be heading back to LSBU to continue is studies with the final career goal of design buildings for society but with a low impact on the environment.

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